While Edgware Road and Marble Arch have many wonderful things to commemorate, the attacks on Londoners on 7 July 2005 is not one of them. However, we can all forever honour those affected by the attacks by visiting the 7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park.
In remembrance, you can visit the permanent memorial in Hyde Park that honours the victims of the 7 July 2005 London Bombings. Located in the south east corner of Hyde Park, the memorial is just north of the Achilles sculpture to the east of Lovers Walk.
The memorial comprises 52 stainless steel pillars (stelae), representing each of the 52 victims. The pillars sit together in four inter-linking clusters reflecting the four locations of the incidents. Constructed from solid-cast, long-lasting stainless steel, each stela measures 3.5 metres high and is unique, with individual characteristic finishes brought about in the casting process by Sheffield foundry Norton Cast Products.
Through close consultation with representatives from the bereaved families and advisors from The Royal Parks DCMS, Carmody Groarke and Arup created the memorial so that visitors can walk around and through it. This allows visitors to observe how each stelae is inscribed with the date, time and locations of the bombings.
A stainless steel plaque, positioned on a grass bank at the far eastern end of the memorial, lists the names of the victims.
At Edgware Road Underground Station, where one of the bombs exploded on a train in a nearby tunnel, victims were supported by members of the public and staff from local businesses into the Hilton London Metropole, which became a field hospital. Each year, on the Anniversary of 7/7 staff from local businesses visit the small memorial (left) in the ticket hall at Edgware Road Circle Line station, and lay flowers.